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National Befriending Week: How you can support #befriending in Befriending Week

Written on October 31, 2022 at 1:37 am, by

Our friends at Befriending Networks are celebrating 10 years of befriending and creating connections this year, so Communications Officer, Dominic Lo explains how you can support their work during this year’s National Befriending Week from 1-7 November.   In 2012 The Campaign to End Loneliness supported the launch and first national Befriending Week!  Here at Befriending…
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Experience of tackling loneliness amongst younger people in the Netherlands – Join Us

Written on July 19, 2022 at 10:36 am, by

Join Us is a non-profit organization in the Netherlands that has measurably reduced loneliness among younger people aged 12 to 25. Since 2016, this program has helped thousands of young people from more than 63 municipalities across the country.    Kyra Haerkens, Quality Coach at Join Us explains more. “A while before I turned eighteen,…
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Reflections from the new Head of Evidence, Dr Helen MacIntyre

Written on June 17, 2022 at 12:14 pm, by

Our new Head of Evidence, Dr Helen MacIntyre has joined us recently. We asked her to share her thoughts on joining the world of the Campaign to End Loneliness! I am six weeks into my exciting new job as Head of Evidence at the Campaign to End Loneliness and am really pleased to take this…
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How can we tackle loneliness in people living with a terminal illness?

Written on March 22, 2022 at 4:07 pm, by

Joanne Smithson, Head of Implementation & Learning, What Works Centre for Wellbeing explains more about the connection between loneliness and wellbeing and being diagnosed with a terminal illness.  How can we support people with life-limiting illnesses to work while they are able to and want to?  How can we tackle loneliness in people living with…
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Marginalization and Loneliness Among Sexual Minorities: How Are They Linked?

Written on February 27, 2022 at 11:50 pm, by

Why are LGBTQ people more likely to be lonelier than heterosexuals peers?  This blog by Eddy Elmer, MA; PhD Student, Dept. of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam outlines the findings of a new large-scale study which Eddy co-authored with Theo Van Tilburg and Tineke Fokkema (details below) and was recently published in the Archives of Sexual…
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Loneliness: The Big Picture – thoughts on our event and look ahead to our Conference

Written on November 17, 2021 at 8:50 am, by

Our co-Founder and Chair of our Programme Advisory Group Paul Cann reviews our recent Loneliness the Big Picture event, and previews our Conference on Thursday 18 November. Last week the Campaign to End Loneliness launched its ‘Big Picture’ conference, Loneliness Beyond Covid-19,  taking place tomorrow Thursday 18 November  with a burst of energy from three…
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What is the global response to loneliness after Covid-19 – international webinar 20 July

Written on July 5, 2021 at 10:38 am, by

This international webinar on 20 July is an opportunity to hear more from countries around the world about the lessons learnt from their experience in tackling loneliness during a pandemic. The event is organised by the Campaign to End Loneliness with support from the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection and is the inaugural event…
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Bereavement in the Time of Covid-19

Written on June 20, 2021 at 10:20 pm, by

Covid-19 has both led to more people being bereaved as well as massively disrupting the normal ways in which we grieve and are supported. Bereavement has been an important issue for us throughout the pandemic with a research and policy hub, podcast, a dedicated session in our Loneliness in Covid series and now a report…
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Guest Blog: Don’t mention the ‘L’ word! Should we be talking about loneliness, or tackling it by stealth?

Written on May 5, 2021 at 5:44 am, by

Don’t mention the ‘L’ word: should we be talking about loneliness, or tackling it by stealth? “But I don’t WANT to be surrounded by ‘lonely people” protests a woman invited into a ‘lonely lunch club’. While exaggerated for effect as part of a training session, this illustration from Graham Ogilvie really struck me. After many…
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Loneliness in the time of Covid-19 Workshop Summary – Conversations

Written on March 31, 2021 at 3:17 pm, by

In this blog, Programme Director of the Campaign to End Loneliness Robin Hewings reflects on the most recent ‘Loneliness in the time of Covid-19’ workshop. It explored what we’ve learnt about keeping up conversations during the pandemic.   It was great to be back in a virtual “room” full of people committed to addressing loneliness and social…
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